Comparing Heartworm Medicine for Dogs and Cats | PetCareRx

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I became interested in saving money on our dog’s heartworm protection medicine when we had a recent run-in with our vet. We were on vacation and my wife received a call from our vet saying that our dogs were due for their heartworm “check”. They told her we could not continue to buy heartworm prevention medicine from them unless we go and get the heartworm “check”. They said it needed to be done THAT week. OK – a couple things with this:
Revolution is a monthly heartworm and flea control medicine for cats and dogs
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The reason for this is that your veterinarian wants to make sure your dog doesn’t have an active infection of heartworms before giving a heartworm medication. Dogs with heartworms can have a severe, possibly life-threatening reaction to the dying, circulating microfilariae (adult heartworm ) if given these heartworm medications. Interceptor Heartworm Medicine for Dogs & Cats at Drs. Foster & Smith
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Choosing a heartworm and flea medicine for dogs will depend on if your dog spends most of the time indoors or outdoors. If it's unlikely that your pet could be exposed to ticks, (a very popular flea heartworm pill for dogs) or may be your two best heartworm and flea prevention options. If you're concerned about ticks, provides heartworm protection and will kill ticks, along with fleas and their eggs, roundworms and hookworms. If you have ever taken your dog to the veterinarian, you have probably been asked about heartworm prevention. Do you have your dog on heartworm prevention, which kind, when was the last time he got it, do you give it all year long, when was the last time he was tested. Does that sound familiar? (Hopefully it does!) We often get asked if dogs who are “only inside” still need to be on heartworm prevention medicines.All dogs should start on regular heartworm prevention medicine when they are puppies. Most heartworm prevention medicines are safe for puppies as young as 6-8 weeks old. We recommend that puppies are started on heartworm prevention at their (usually around 8 weeks old).Thankfully, the best heartworm medicine for dogs on the market that will protect them. There are many different options are many different prices, however, so it can be difficult to know which product is best for you. You will want to consider which active ingredients the medicine users. You will also want to think about what type of medicine, be it a pill or something else, is easiest for you and your pet. After all, if they don’t get the medicine, it won’t be able to do it’s work even if it is the best medicine on the market.If you are concerned that you may forget to give your dog the monthly heartworm prevention medicine, there is another option called Proheart 6. Proheart 6 is an injection that can be given by your veterinarian. This medicine is a slow-release heartworm prevention (a similar drug that is in the monthly heartworm prevention medicines) and will protect your dog from a heartworm infection for six months. Even better, we will send you postcard and email reminders when it is time for your dog to get his next dose! Proheart 6 can only be used in dogs older than 6 months. Puppies should start on a monthly heartworm prevention by the time they are 8 weeks old, and can start using Proheart 6 when they are six months old. While Interceptor is safe to use in dogs at risk for MDRI-allele mutation (Australian Shepherds, Collies, Shelties, etc.), unless tested normal, caution is advised if your pet is also being given amiodarone (Cordarone), azole antifungals such as ketoconazole, carvedilol (Coreg), cyclosporine (Atopica), diltiazem (Cardizem), erythromycin (Ery-Tabs) or clarithromycin (Biaxin), quinidine, spironolactone (Aldactone), tamoxifen, and verapamil (Calan). Do not give Interceptor to your pet if your pet is already taking an alternate heartworm medication.